It’s been nearly two years since the last Marvel Studios movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, hit theaters. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic, which started in early 2020, caused most theaters to close in the US and most parts of the world. As a result, all the upcoming Marvel movies that were due in 2020 and beyond got delayed.
It looks like the US is finally seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Movie theaters are slowly opening back up again, although at lower capacities for the time being. As a result, Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney are preparing to flood film fans with a ton of upcoming Marvel movies.
Here’s a quick look at what’s expected from the Marvel films hitting movie theaters over the next two to three years. With one exception, all the MCU movies will drop on the Disney Plus streaming service several months after they are released in theaters. As we’ll get to a bit later, one of the titles is expected to be released simultaneous in theaters and on Disney Plus. We will also post about upcoming Marvel-based movies that are outside of the MCU (at least for now). You can sign up for Disney Plus at the link below:
Upcoming Marvel Movies (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Future films outside the MCU
Black Widow (July 9, 2021)
Black Widow may have died in Avengers: Endgame, but that isn’t stopping Marvel Studios from giving the superspy her own standalone movie. Scarlett Johansson will once again play the superspy Natasha Romanoff. This movie will be set after Captain America: Civil War but before Avengers: Infinity War, as Black Widow tries to deal with the consequences of her Russian spy past. The movie also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. It’s written by Eric Pearson, who also wrote Thor: Ragnarok, and is directed by Cate Shortland.
This movie will be available in theaters, and also on Disney Plus, on July 9. The film will be available for an extra fee of $29.99, on top of the normal Disney Plus monthly fee. Once unlocked, it can be streamed for as long as you are a subscriber to the service. The movie will be available to stream without the extra fee later in 2021.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
Marvel Studios makes its first martial arts-themed movie with this film. Simu Liu will play Shang-Chi, who has been trained to fight as an assassin by his father, the crime lord known as the Mandarin. After 10 years of allowing his son to live a life of his own, the Mandarin wants his son back to work for him. However, Shang-Chi has other ideas. Other cast members include Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh. The film is directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Eternals (November 5, 2021)
Chloé Zhao, fresh off her Oscar win for Best Director for Nomadland, gets to direct a big-budget superhero movie with Eternals. Based on creations by Jack Kirby, the Eternals are a group of superpowered humans who have remained hidden for thousands of years. However, they need to resurface to help protect Earth from a new threat, the Deviants. The cast includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
The last MCU movie for 2021 may be the most interesting of the four in terms of storylines. The last time we saw the web slinger in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far from Home, his secret identity of Peter Parker was revealed to the world. So what happens next? Marvel is keeping plot details secret for now. However, Marvel has confirmed that besides Tom Holland returning as Spider-Man, two more characters and actors will return for this movie. Alfred Molina is back as Doctor Octopus from 2004’s Spider-Man 2, and Jamie Fox also comes back as Electro from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Some of you may wonder, “Hey, those are not MCU Spider-Man films!”. Yes, that’s true, and that likely means that Spider-Man: No Way Home will dip its fingers in the multiverse, where more than one Spider-Man swings around. Will we see more Spider-Man show up in this movie? Good question. Jon Watts, who directed Holland in the two previous Spider-Man MCU movies, returns for this upcoming Marvel movie.
By the way, this movie may not be available on Disney Plus, at least not right away. The movie will be released just under the wire for Sony’s current agreement with Starz to show the film after its theatrical run, although it may be added to Disney Plus in a few years.
Benedict Cumberbatch returns in this sequel as Steven Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts. This is supposed to be a horror-themed film, as Doctor Strange deals with a threat to the entire multiverse. Elizabeth Olsen will also be back as the Scarlet Witch. This film will follow up on the events of her Disney Plus MCU TV show WandaVision. Sam Raimi, who directed the original Spider-Man trilogy, will return to making superhero movies with this film.
Thor: Love And Thunder (May 6, 2022)
Chris Hemsworth returns for his fourth stand-alone Thor movie, but this time the God of Thunder may have to give up his hammer to someone else. Natalie Portman returns as Thor’s love Jane Foster, and it looks like she will become the Goddess of Thunder in this movie. The movie also stars Christian Bale (yep, Batman) as the movie’s main villain Gor The God Butcher. Members of The Guardians of the Galaxy are also slated to appear. Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi comes back to direct this film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
The tragic death of original Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020 will obviously become a major part of the sequel to the 2018 hit film. Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct the sequel, but story details are currently unknown. It’s likely that one of the cast members of the original film will take up the mantle of Black Panther in this sequel. It’s also likely this movie will tie into the announced Wakanda TV series on Disney Plus.
The Marvels (November 11, 2022)
The sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel will once again feature Brie Larson in that same role. The new title may also refer to two more characters slated to appear. Teyonah Parris, who debuted as Monica Rambeau in the MCU Disney plus TV series WandaVision, is supposed to appear. She will likely show off her new energy-based powers as the super hero Quantum. Also, Iman Vellani, the star of the upcoming Disney Plus show Ms. Marvel, will appear in this film as well. It’s being directed by Nia DaCosta, who also directed the upcoming reboot of Candyman.
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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are back as the size-changing superheroes in this third Ant-Man film. Details about the film are few, but we do know that Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) has also been cast as the classic Marvel villain Kang The Conqueror. Peyton Reed will also be back to direct his third Ant-Man movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
The team is coming back in full for the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. The main cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper, are also expected to return for this space opera movie. James Gunn is also returning as writer and director.
Fantastic Four (TBA)
Marvel Studios will finally make a movie based on Marvel’s first superheroes sometime in the near future. No one’s been cast yet, but we do know Jon Watts, the director of the three Spider-Man MCU movies, will direct the MCU version of Fantastic Four.
Marvel’s vampire hunter is coming back as one of the upcoming Marvel movies. Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali has already been cast as Blade, which was originally made famous by Wesley Snipes in a series of pre-MCU films.
Deadpool 3 (TBD)
All we know for now is that Deadpool 3 is currently under development as an MCU film after previously released as two non-Marvel movies. Ryan Reynolds is slated to return as the undying Merc with a Mouth.
Captain America 4 (TBD, Rumored)
While Marvel Studios has not confirmed this, The Hollywood Reporter has stated that a fourth Captain America movie is in the early stage of development. It will star Anthony Mackie, who played Cap’s sidekick The Falcon in several MCU movies. In the recent Disney Plus MCU series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, he took on both Cap’s shield and a new costume to become the new Captain America. Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, two writers of that Disney Plus show, are reportedly writing the screenplay for Captain America 4.
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Upcoming Marvel movies – Future films outside the MCU
A number of upcoming Marvel movies, all based on characters associated with Spider-Man and all made by Sony, will be set outside the MCU. They won’t likely be released for some time on Disney Plus. Here’s a look at those films:
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (September 24, 2021)
The sequel to 2018’s Venom will once again star Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, who is now permanently merged with the alien symbiote Venom. It will also star Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady a serial killer who becomes bonded to another alien, Carnage. Andy Serkis will be directing the movie.
Morbius (January 26, 2022)
Jared Leto plays the Marvel character in this film. He’s a man suffering from a fatal blood disease but seems to find a cure at first. However, it also turns him into a man with super strength and speed, and the need to take human blood. The movie also stars Matt Smith, Jarad Harris, and Michael Keaton, who played the villain The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Is he playing the same role here? Hmmmmm……
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (October 7, 2022)
The Oscar-winning animated film is getting a sequel and will once again cast Shameik Moore as the voice of Miles Morales, another version of Spider-Man from an alternate universe. Plot details about the sequel are currently under wraps.
That’s a look at all the upcoming Marvel movies that are due in theaters. We will update this post when we have more info on these films.